Trey Phipps and LaDevin Fair
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Big numbers have led to some big honors for both Trey Phipps and LaDevin Fair.
The biggest came today when the two Obion Central standouts were named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State football team.
The record-setting senior Rebel duo — who shared The Messenger’s Obion County Player of the Year Award — each put up huge individual statistics in OC’s 2011 season in which virtually every offensive mark in school history was broken and a nine-win campaign tied the best-ever finish by a Rebel squad in the 51-year annals of the program.
Phipps, who threw for 3,013 yards and 38 touchdowns, was one of just three quarterbacks chosen to the 4A All-State squad, while Fair — who accumulated more than 2,000 all-purpose yards while rushing, receiving and returning kicks — was designated as one of three “athletes” on the team.
They were joined by Covington running back Johnston White and Charger center Walt Downing, along with Chester County rusher Cameron Phelps and Lexington’s Kerry Sellers as representatives from rural West Tennessee on the glitter unit.
Phipps, also named the Best Offensive Player in District 13AA, set school records for most yards and TDs in a single season, most career touchdowns (61) and tied Wes Moore’s mark for most scoring passes in a game when he tossed seven in Central’s rout of a one-win Haywood team in Week 9.
Moore, the school’s only Mr. Football finalist (2002) in his junior campaign, threw 37 passes that year and 60 for his career. He still holds OC’s career passing yardage record with 6,880 in three years as a starter from ’01-03. Phipps ended up with 5,755 yards after starting just two seasons and playing sparingly behind Patrick Haskins as a sophomore.
Big plays — or more accurately, big-gainers — were certainly many for Phipps in OC’s recently-completed campaign.
Fourteen of his 38 TDs covered 40 yards or longer and he threw for more than 300 yards in a game four times. On seven occasions, he tossed three or more scoring passes in a game and was intercepted just six times all year.
For his career, Phipps completed 63.4 percent of his 613 passes (389) and also rushed for eight touchdowns.
Fair, too, carved his place in the Central school record books with his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season while earning the special designation as Athlete of the Year in 13AA.
He ran for 1,421 yards and 18 touchdowns this past fall and caught 27 passes and for 313 yards and three more scores in a Rebel offense that racked up more than 4,850 yards combined between the run and pass while scoring 499 points. Fair also had better than 300 yards in kick returns.
He scored at least one touchdown in every Rebel game and eight times rushed for 100 yards or more in contests — highlighted by a 223-yard effort vs. Covington in the teams’ regular season meeting, and a 232-yard outburst against Fairley in the playoffs.
Fair averaged 9.1 yards-per-carry and scored 134 points in all, second on the team.
Fair’s career rushing total (2,466 yards) — established in just two seasons after he transferred to OC from Fulton County where he played as a freshman and a sophomore — is believed to rank atop the school’s all-time best. His more than 3,500 career all-purpose yards ranks behind only Patrick Haskins (2007-09) and Brian Kissell (2001-03) on the OCCHS list.
The TSWA Class 3A All-State team was also released today and included Westview lineman Damani Taylor for a second straight season, as well as Milan star linebacker Arkel Coleman and kicker Caleb Appleton.
A complete list of both the 3A and 4A teams can be found on page nine of today’s sports section.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QB — Charlie High (CAK)
QB — Keenan Reynolds (Good-pasture)
WR — Josh Smith (CAK)
WR — Davis Howell (CAK)
WR — Deondre Moore (Fairview)
RB — Dalton Boles (West Greene)
RB — Julius Montgomery (Chuckey-Doak)
RB — Curtis King (Austin-East)
ATH — Brandon Smith (Bledsoe Co.)
ATH — D.J. Oggs (Alcoa)
ATH — Vic Wharton (CPA)
ATH — Jyshon Forbes (Austin-East)
OL — Jesse Sandell (Bledsoe County)
OL — Damani Taylor (Westview)
OL — Austin Lamb (Sequatchie Co.)
OL — Derek St. John (Polk County)
OL — John Tucker Rankin (Alcoa)
OL — William Gass (CAK)
K — Caleb Appleton (Milan)
DL — Hunter Thurley (CPA)
DL — Michael Cain (Whites Creek)
DL — DeMarcus Nolan (Austin-East)
DL — Matt Smith (Elizabethton)
LB — Arkel Coleman (Milan)
LB — Chandler Patrick (Tyner)
LB — Jarod Henderson (Austin-East)
LB — Logan Cavender (Fairview)
LB — Cole Baxley (South Greene)
LB — Camden Winzenburg (CAK)
LB — Jarod Crenshaw (Alcoa)
DB — Jerry Fain (Sequatchie County)
DB — Alex Akins (Polk County)
DB — David Rucker (Austin-East)
DB — Vanderbilt Hambrick (Alcoa)
DB — Cody Lewis (Alcoa)
DB — Sam Cranford (CPA)
P/ATH — Chase Travis (Pigeon Forge)
COACH: Rusty Bradley (Christian Academy of Knoxville)
QB — Al Cobb (Giles County)
QB — Trey Phipps (Obion)
QB — Reese Phillips (Signal Mt.)
RB — Johnston White (Covington)
RB — Cameron Phelps (Chester Co.)
RB — Trevor Irrizarry (Marshall Co.)
RB — Ladarius Vanlier (Maplewood)
WR — Matt Reilly (Notre Dame)
WR — Nathan Cole II (Mitchell)
WR — Trent McEwen (White House)
WR — Kenton Baker (Giles County)
ATH — LaDevin Fair (Obion)
ATH — Tanner Stewart (Greeneville)
ATH — Stevie Bush (Liberty)
ATH — Kerry Sellers (Lexington)
OL — Walt Downing (Covington)
OL — Akeem Cooperwood (Fulton)
OL — Jesse Smithson (Spring Hill)
OL — Ronnie Linder (Livingston Acad.)
OL — Justin Tomlinson (Greeneville)
K — Ben Ogle (Greeneville)
DL — Elijah Turnage (Signal Mt.)
DL — Terrell Rollins (Greeneville)
DL — Jamel Hall (Greeneville)
DL — Demaris Peppers (Fairley)
DL — Davey Maddox (Marshall Co.)
LB — Zack Bowman (Signal Mt.)
LB — Derrik Thornton (Greeneville)
LB — Kevin Jackson (White House)
LB — Jordan Phillips (Carter)
LB — Fred Elder (Fulton)
DB — Koryei Jefferson (Greeneville)
DB — Deres Benn (Red Bank)
DB — Devin Preyer (Mitchell)
DB — Taylor Shuffler (Greeneville)
DB — Anthony Lewis (Carter)
DB — Ben Bates (Giles County)
DB — Jon Patton (Signal Mountain)
P — Trey Clark (Greeneville)
COACH: Caine Ballard (Greeneville)
Published in The Messenger 12.22.11